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Old 03 April 2007, 13:08   #1
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Tohatsu 60hp 2 stroke

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Just joined this site after lurking for over a year now. Great site and lots of useful information.

I am thinking of trading in an 18hp Tohatsu (2 stroke) against the 60hp 2 stroke.. The difference to trade in would be 2K. This engine would be used on a Ribcraft 4.8 in the future (about a year from now). I understand these engines are old technology and use approx. 30% more fuel but considering the price difference it could buy a lot of fuel.

Would the 60hp be a good match for the 4.8 and what sort of fuel economy could I expect just cruising around? Also, the 60hp can be modified to make it a 70hp. Main dealer said they can do this and it will not affect the warranty. Has anyone had this done on their engines?

Any advise/comments would be appreciated.


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Old 03 April 2007, 13:57   #2
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Welcome to the forum Ekim.

You can find the official manufacturer consumption figures here:

http://www.tohatsu-outboards.com/fuel-consumption.htm

I'd say 2k for a new 60hp with warranty is a good deal. A new technology 60hp would normally be in the region of 3.5k to 4k, so you could definitely buy a lot of fuel for the difference.

I've got the 50hp Tohatsu 2 stroke and they're good simple engines, which you can fix yourself with a bit of mechanical knowledge. They're a bit noisy at the upper end of the rev range and you can smell the 2-stroke occasionally which may put some people off (I like it though ).

The 60hp is the same block as the 70hp, so the upgrade could just be a change to the carbs / timing.
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I had a long chat with the proprietor of extreme marine at SBS and the 60hp is very appealing engine;
-robust
-simple tech
-fix it yourself
-see all necessary parts
-don't need a laptop
-easily upgradable to 70hp

The only real reason I didn't buy one was that there's nothing wrong with my current motor but the 60hp would be a great match for your boat. I think he said it was rated at 6gph at WOT and he could upgrade it whenever I liked for the same money.
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Old 04 April 2007, 11:54   #4
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tohatsu 60

Hello ekim
I've been running my tohatsu (tweaked to 70) for 2 seasons now and I thoroughly recommend this motor.
It has been reliable,has wicked acceleration and pushes my Humber 4.7 up to 35kts (with 3 persons onboard and full fuel tanks.)
I've have kept a log of all fuel used and engine hours for the last 2 seasons and have averaged around 8.5 litres per hour every season. This figure has been obtained by a mixture of high speed WOT runs, towing wakeboards,crusing and in different sea states.
So overall, for the money you can't beat the Tohatsu in my opinion.

Regards Scott.
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Thanks to everyone for replying. Very helpful.

I have now been thinking that I may get a Ribcraft 5.3m. The boat is for 2 people only and will only have 2 seats. Do you think that 70hp is ok for this.

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Thanks to everyone for replying. Very helpful.

I have now been thinking that I may get a Ribcraft 5.3m. The boat is for 2 people only and will only have 2 seats. Do you think that 70hp is ok for this.

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